New Delhi: It’s not just India, even Vietnam is battling dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease, this season.
An outbreak in dengue fever in the Southeast Asian country has sent thousands of Vietnamese to hospitals, as per reports.
Since the beginning of 2017, Vietnam has recorded 17 deaths from the mosquito-borne fever, with more than 58,000 cases of dengue and more than 49,000 hospitalisation, according to a statement on the Health Ministry website.
In Delhi, the national capital of India, at least 657 people have been affected by dengue this season, of which 325 affected people were residents of Delhi. The South Indian states were the worst hit this year with Kerala on top with a maximum reported cases of 13,913 cases alone, followed by Tamil Nadu with 5474 cases.
Dengue, also known as ‘breakbone fever’, is a painful and fatal vector-borne infection that can lead to a severe flu-like illness, affecting millions of people each year.
The World health Organisation (WHO) has warned that about half of world’s population is now at risk of dengue.
Home remedies for dengue
With no vaccine available for dengue yet, it can be scary if someone from your family gets the infection. But the good thing is that there are some effective home remedies that can provide relief from the symptoms of dengue. We bring you some of the trusted natural remedies to control or manage this dreaded disease:
Papaya leaves are widely considered as a natural cure for dengue although it’s not clearly established. Juice or pulp made from this plant has been shown to effectively fight the symptoms of dengue. Papaya leaves can help increase the platelet count, eliminate toxins from the body, and boost the immune system.
Owing to its high medicinal values, neem leaves are often prescribed for treating a wide range of illnesses, including dengue. Neem leaves have been shown to increase both blood platelet and while blood cell platelet count – the two most dangerous side effects of the virus. Brewing and drinking neem leaves water can boost your immune system.
Drinking boiled basil or tulsi water is one of the best home remedies for dengue fever. Also, chewing few basil leaves twice a day can help promote your immune system. The natural insecticidal properties of basil leaves will also make you less prone to mosquito bites that caused dengue.
Fenugreek leaves, also known as methi, are another natural for reducing fever that act as a sedative, easing pain and promoting more restful sleep for people affected by dengue.
Turmeric is known to boost immunity and help fight infections that cause fever. Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Various research studies have suggested that turmeric contains compounds with medicinal properties. Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
It may be noted that while the above remedies can help you recover quickly and alleviate your symptoms, these tips are not an alternative to medical treatments. It is always wise to seek medical help.